- The school heads accused NHIF of overlooking the Ministry of Education to give directives on EduAfya.
- Principals want all communication on EduAfya medical to be done through the Ministry of Education and not from NHIF.
- Some of the hospitals are now not treating students for fear of not being paid.
Secondary school principals have protested a move by the National Hospital Insurance Fund (NHIF) to write directly to individual health facilities stationed in schools ordering them to withdraw their staff and services because of failure to be accredited by the insurer.
The school heads accused NHIF of overlooking the Ministry of Education to give directives on the EduAfya medical scheme.
They have further faulted the insurer for acting without consulting and involving the school administrations.
Kenya Secondary School’s Heads Association (Kessha) Chairman Kahi Indimuli said the directive from the fund has instilled fear among the health services provider as they are afraid they will not be paid for treating students.
Mr Indimuli said schools are in a dilemma over where to take their students for treatment when they fall sick if the affected hospitals withdraw their services.
“The directives have brought shock and confusion in schools. We are left to wonder how our students will be treated if these health facilities withdraw their staff and services,” said Mr Indimuli.
The school heads want all communication regarding the EduAfya medical scheme to be done through the Ministry of Education and not from NHIF regional offices.
NHIF regional offices from across the country have written directly to the hospitals offering services to students warning them against operating without accreditation.
“The medical scheme is an education programme, we are asking NHIF to direct any concerns they have to the Ministry of Education and not to the hospitals,” said Mr Indimuli.
Due to the urgency in student’s treatment, Mr Indimuli said schools agreed with health facilities to open up dispensaries inside the institutions.
The schools forwarded the names of the health providers to the Ministry of Education for accreditation.
Mr Indimuli said the insurer must be clear in its engagement with schools.